Whether you are working on the front lines caring for COVID-19 patients, or your practice has suffered a substantial loss of patients and income, or you are otherwise affected, the pandemic has brought much added stress for physicians. Here are several mental health resources:
- The American Medical Association offers these mental health tips for physicians, patients and staff.
- Physician Support Line, 888-409-0141, offers free and confidential peer support to American physicians by creating a safe space to discuss immediate life stressors with volunteer psychiatrist colleagues. This service was launched by volunteer psychiatrists in March 2020 to help physicians cope with the stress of COVID-19. Learn more about Physician Support Line in this profile in Health Leaders Media.
- Headspace, AMA preferred provider of meditation and mindfulness, is offering any U.S.-based health care professional with a National Provider Identifier (NPI) a free subscription to Headspace Plus through December 31, 2020.
- The Missouri Physicians Health Program and the Kansas Medical Society-Professionals’ Health Program provide confidential counseling and resources.
Articles About Physician Mental Health in COVID-19
- Prioritizing Physician Mental Health as COVID-19 Marches On
JAMA May 20, 2020
- The Covid-19 crisis too few are talking about: health care workers’ mental health
By Jessica Gold, MD, assistant professor of psychiatry at Washington University in St. Louis
Stat News April 3, 2020
- Suicides of two health care workers hint at the Covid-19 mental health crisis to come
Stat News April 30, 2020
- Why don’t doctors seek mental health treatment? They’ll be punished for it.
Licensing boards can require all medical records, including details from long-ago psychotherapy sessions, and then press for close supervision
Washington Post May 11, 2020